Hama T. Gheesling, Jr. ’55

Hama T. Gheesling, Jr. 83, of Charlotte, passed away Monday, March 26, 2018. He was born July 30, 1934, in Charlotte to the late Hama T. Gheesling and Mary Genevieve Horne Gheesling.

Mr. Gheesling was a member of Myers Park Baptist Church. He was a 1952 graduate of Central High School and Davidson College, class of 1955, and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Mr. Gheesling was associated with Douglas Aircraft and retired from Carolina Foods after 21 years of service.

He is survived by a brother, William Carl Gheesling; nephew, Carl Gheesling (Laura); great-niece and nephew, Isabella and Carlton; niece, Kappy Lapides (William); and great-nephew, Bennett Lapides.

Graveside services at Sharon Memorial Park were private for the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice

Condolences may be offered at www.harryandbryantfuneralhome.com.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Apr. 8, 2018

Frank McGowan, Jr. ’55

Frank McGowan'55Retired SC Circuit Court Judge Frank P. McGowan, Jr., 83, departed this life Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

He was born in Columbia, S.C., June 22, 1934. Son of Frank P. McGowan and Virginia Lancaster McGowan. His father was general counsel of Federal Land Banks of NC, SC, Ga., and Fla. for many years and his mother a graduate of Agnes Scott College.

Frank graduated A. C. Moore Grammar School, University of South Carolina and South Carolina Law School. Sophomore Davidson College. Attended a number of National Judicial College courses. He served two years in the US Army and 3 ½ years in SC National Guard prior to moving to Greenville, July 1, 1961. Was Honor Graduate NCO Academy 4th Division Germany and first Honor Graduate out of 136 Officer Candidate School.

While in Law School he did work part time with CPA Firm, during first year as Honor Council Representative; second year work Page in SC House of Representatives and 3rd year as Page of Lt. Governor in State Senate.

Active member of First Presbyterian Church, Chairman of Board of Deacons; President of Good Neighbors class and Men’s Bible Class and two others; served one year as President of Stone School PTA; 40 years in Rotary Club of Greenville; member of Poinsett Club; Metropolitan Club St. Andrew’s Society of Upper SC; Kappa Alpha Order Cotillion; He practiced law a number of years prior to becoming a full time judge as Master in Equity Greenville Country Club; SC Circuit Judge for 30 years. At a younger age through 1st Pres in Columbia, Frank had been cub, boy explorer and sea scout.

He had a difficult fight with cancer and neuropathy for many years losing 112 pounds at one point. He was a member of the Neuropathy Association.

“My wife” Dee Mitchell McGowan is one of the most lovely, darling and dear people possible. She has made and does make life so much more wonderful. Her abilities are utterly amazing. We love her.

Surviving are two sons, Frank P. McGowan, III and Eugene Bryant McGowan, his wife Alison M. McGowan and their three children, Reed H., Harriet S. and John Bryant McGowan; sisters Margaret M. Robertson (William) and Virginia Smith (H. Bronson, III).

Pallbearers and Honorees are Honorable Rex L. Carter, Honorable Harry A. Chapman, Jr., James C. Parham, Jr., Julian W. Dority, Richard N. Gribble, Mac James, John E. Johnston, Judge Alex S. Macaulay, Austin T. Moore, Jr., Towers Rice, Frank Spencer, James Barnes, Charles M. Groves and Judge Frank Eppes. Members of the Greenville Bar are asked to serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 200 W. Washington Street, Greenville, SC 29601, or Charity of One’s Choice.

Private Interment prior to service. Service to be held at 3:30 PM Wednesday, November 15, 2017 conducted by Rev. Dr. Richard Gibbons at First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road, which is assisting the family.

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Bill Proctor ’55

Bill Proctor '55Mr. William Paul Proctor, 88, passed away on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at CMC Mercy Hospital from complications after a fall. Bill played college basketball at Davidson College in the early 1950s.

He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corp in Germany during the Korean War. After leaving the service he began a thirty year career with Maryland Casualty Insurance as the Area Manager, obtaining his CPCU designation.

Upon retirement, he was employed by Harris Teeter at the Arboretum location at the time of his passing.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Doris McMillon Proctor; daughters Patti Proctor, Pam (Shawn) Panuline; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will take place at McEwen Funeral Service, 5716 Monroe Road, Charlotte on Saturday, November 11, 2017 beginning at 1:00pm.

Funeral Service will follow at 2:00pm. Interment will take place at Sharon Memorial Park. To leave online condolences, please visit www.mcewenfs.com.

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Harry “Pete” Frederick Petersen III ’55

Harry “Pete” Frederick PetersenHarry Pete Petersen '55 III at age 84 was returned to God through his death on October 9, 2017 at his home in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

He was born in 1933 in Cedartown, Georgia of the Rev. Harry F. Petersen, Jr and Mary Ford Little Petersen.

Pete was educated at Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, 1945-1951, Davidson College (BS), Columbia Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Princeton Theological Seminary (ThM), and post-graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where he married Martha Jane Morgan of Rock Hill, SC in 1960.

Ordained as Presbyterian (USA) minister in 1958, the majority of Pete’s ministry focused on university students and/or international persons, beginning at Columbia Seminary when he befriended Japanese and Korean fellow students. At Princeton, his closest friends came from India, Egypt and Trinidad. Two overseas assignments as Presbyterian mission co-workers led the Petersens to Taiwan for three years, Ghana and Nigeria, West Africa for thirteen years.

In Taiwan and Ghana he taught in theological schools and assisted the national churches in establishing student ministries. In Nigeria he taught on a university campus. A son and daughter were born in Taiwan, and a second son in Ghana.

In the United States, Pete founded Christmas International House (CIH), a hospitality ministry offered by churches for students who had no place to go for the holidays.

This program led to his being called to begin and direct Villa International Atlanta, offering housing and hospitality for international medical scientists doing research at the nearby Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Friendship, Christian presence, peace-making and multi-cultural understanding flourished in both ministries, which continue today.

Pete received awards for outstanding work in human relations by the DeKalb County Community Relations Commission in 1987 and by the Christian Council of Metropolitan Atlanta in 1995.

Upon his retirement from Villa in 2000, Pete and Martha Jane moved to Black Mountain NC, where they both served Presbyterian churches in Walnut, Hot Springs and Siloam until 2015. Pete returned to knitting, derived from his boyhood knitting for American soldiers during World War II.

Pete also wrote his life story in seven volumes, including letters, maps photos and family entries for his children and grandchildren. Darlington School, Davidson College, Columbia Seminary and the Presbyterian Heritage Center of Montreat, NC accepted the volumes for their libraries. The work entitled The Enduring and Compassionate Providence of God: An Example reflects his belief that in life and death we belong to God.

He is survived by his wife and sweetheart of 57 years Martha Jane; sons Harry Frederick Petersen, IV of Kennesaw GA and daughter Priscilla George; John Morgan of McClean VA, and children Kate Elizabeth and Matthew John; and daughter Martha Lynne of Black Mountain NC and her children Joseph Morgan and Nadine Lynne; his sister Louise Petersen Caldwell of Harrisonburg VA; brother-in-law Ben A. Morgan and wife, Judy, of Leesburg VA, and four nieces and two nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church in Black Mountain, NC on Saturday, October 21, at 2:00pm, with the Rev. Keith Grogg of Montreat Presbyterian Church officiating.

A scattering of ashes will occur in Montreat’s Memorial Garden.

Memorials may be made to Villa International Atlanta, 1749 Clifton Rd, NE, Atlanta GA 30329 and Christmas International House, 3434 Roswell Rd., NW, Atlanta GA 30305. Extended obituary: www.PenlandFamilyFuneralHome.com.

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Oct. 15, 2017

Corvin Hopkins “Corky” Clark ’55

Corvin Hopkins "Corky" Clark '55Corvin Hopkins “Corky” Clark of Birmingham, AL died on April 26th, 2017. The son of Robert Eugene Clark and Marion Hopkins Clark, Corky was born on May 18th, 1933 in Utica, NY.

Corky attended high school in Harrisburg, PA and Charlotte, NC. He went on to attend Davidson College, graduating with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration. In his senior year, Corky led the Davidson College Tennis team, in winning both the Southern Conference tournament Singles and Doubles titles.

Following college, he served in the US Army, where he was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne, stationed at Fort Benning, GA. On May 19th, 1959 he married a fourth generation Floridian, Greta Sims Clark. They proceeded to live in Gainesville, FL; Camp Hill, PA; Allentown, PA and Chattanooga, TN prior to moving to Birmingham, AL in 1981.

Following their move to Birmingham, he was employed by and retired from National Cement Company, where he was Vice-President of Sales.

An accomplished athlete, Corky continued forward with his love for tennis, playing with all of his children, his friends and competitively across the Southeastern United States. During his competitive years, he won numerous State Age Group Singles and Doubles titles. His love for tennis also extended to his volunteer spirit.

He was passionate about bringing the game of tennis to the inner city youth of Birmingham. He was a founding member of BATA (Birmingham Area Tennis Association), and also served for many years on the board of the James Lewis Tennis Scholarship Foundation.

In addition to his love for tennis, Corky was an avid golfer, playing most of his golf at Vestavia Country Club where he was a member for many years. Beyond his love of sport, he was a dedicated volunteer. His service to community included many years as a member of the Rotary Club, where he was named a Paul Harris Scholar.

He was passionate about his interaction and fellowship with international students at UAB. He was instrumental in starting ‘Lets Talk’ at South Highland Presbyterian Church, with the goal of enhancing the conversational English skills of his International Student friends. Countless numbers of his international friendship partners were regulars at his family’s Thanksgiving Dinner.

As a member of South Highland Presbyterian Church for many years, he served as an Elder and on the Board of Directors for both the Child Development Center and Southside Shepherd’s Center.

In his earlier years, he also served as an Elder at three other Presbyterian USA churches. After retiring from their careers, Corky and Greta also strove to live a life of grand adventure.

They were active travelers, accomplishing a longtime goal of setting foot on all 7 Continents, when they touched down on Antarctica.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Greta Sims Clark, and their children and grandchildren: his son, Douglas Reynolds Clark and his wife Rhonda, their son Zachary, and step-grandchildren Hilari Sheffield and Joshua Sheffield; his daughter Marion Hopkins Clark Savic and her husband Milan, and their children Alexandria, Peter and David; his son Daniel McMullen Clark and his wife Andria.

He is also survived by his sister, Nancy Gallena and her husband Paul; two nieces, nephew and their nine children.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to either South Highland Presbyterian Church (http://southhighland.org/giving) or The James Lewis Tennis Scholarship Foundation (http://jltsfi.com/donate.asp).

A memorial service for Corky will be held at South Highland Presbyterian Church at 11am on Saturday, April 29th.

Published in The Birmingham News on Apr. 28, 2017